(I didn’t color the above; this is from this person.)
One easy and fun way to get inspiration is by coloring. It also has the benefit of being something you can do along with your children! I particularly enjoy coloring mandalas. In particular, I use them as springboards for color ideas. I can try out different color combinations to see how pleasing they may be, or where they might work. Sometimes they spark an idea, such as, “These colors would look pretty on a Mother’s Day gift. I have a box they would be perfect on!”
Some people use coloring in general, and mandalas in particular, as a sort of meditative practice. Meditation in itself can be a source of clearing your mind to allow creative thoughts to flow.
I’ve gotten some of my coloring books on Amazon (mandala coloring books), but there are plenty of designs you can print out online. Try here or here to get you started.
This designer created dust jackets where a complimentary bookmark continued the artwork off the 2D cover. The ability to envision familiar things in a new way is a key skill for a creative type. It is not necessarily innate — it can be actively cultivated even if you don’t think you have the knack for it.
If you feel stuck on your way of viewing the world, try some of these “playful but practical ways to cultivate creativity.”
Personally I’ve been working on being more aware of the world around me, and using that to deduce things (a la The Mentalist). With this comes the usage of a memory palace where I may be “storing” objects of inspiration and ideas for future projects. I’ll report back on the progress and results of that!
Let me know if you try anything or have tried anything that works for you!
The above is a beautiful piece by Yulia Brodskaya (here). She does oh so beautiful quilled paper works, typography, plus much more.
To get you started on doing projects in a similar vein, I have had this tutorial in my queue for a while now: http://www.instructables.com/id/Quilled-Monograms-Cheap-easy-no-special-equipme/
Expect to see from me something along these lines soon!
This is a gift I made for my brother-in-law’s birthday. I didn’t design the original, just followed instructions on this (instructions can be found here), since this was my first foray into papercraft. This really ended up being a labor of love, since it took much longer than I anticipated! This is based on the popular video game, Portal.